Employers today are far less reliant on the four-year college degree than in the past, when the B.A. or B.S. served as a primary pre-hire indicator of future performance. Today, the bachelor’s degree is virtually a commodity. According to an analysis by Burning Glass Technologies, degrees are now to be found among the qualifications of workers in jobs that rarely demanded such a level of education. Clerks, service workers, and assistants are now almost “required” to be degreed.

Since virtually all candidates come with a degree, companies must find other ways to identify the best candidates—the ones with...

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Geoff Irvine is the chief executive officer and founder of Chalk & Wire. A career educator, he joyfully spent 22 years as a high school history teacher where he won national and international awards for his pioneering work in the use of technology in the classroom. Reluctantly leaving high school to head the research team that developed what has become CW Pro, Irvine now serves as a thought leader in the industry and steers Chalk & Wire to ever greater heights as a responsive developer of assessment solutions and methods. Most recently, he joined the IMS Global Executive Group to contribute to emerging work in the field of alternative certification and badging (MyMantl).